RoJo’s Return

November 23rd, 2021

With just 23 carries in the Bucs’ previous five games, it was fair to wonder if Ronald Jones had become an afterthought for Bucs coaches.

But things changed last night. RoJo got back monster status in the Bucs’ two-headed running game and made the offense look more dangerous.

RoJo, still just 24 years old, was blessed with eight handoffs for 33 yards that included in impressive nine-yard touchdown run. Joe can only imagine how RoJo’s confidence is soaring after doing that on national television. It was his first TD since giving the Bucs a third-quarter lead in New England nearly two months ago.

Joe is fixated on all things RoJo because Joe believes the Bucs will need to rely on him at some point. That’s just the nature of the running back position. You can’t assume Leonard Fournette will hold up for possibly 10 more Bucs games before the next Super Bowl.

With RoJo’s revival, Gronk’s highly successful return, Cam Brate looking more alive than usual and reserve guard Aaron Stinnie stepping up in a huge way, Joe believes last night was more than just a win for the Tampa Bay offense.

19 Responses to “RoJo’s Return”

  1. gbobucsfan Says:

    All hands on deck, we are going to need them in Indy! Hopefully, the players don’t eat too much Turkey and come out asleep. Taylor is dangerous.

  2. John Sinclear Says:

    Eight carries for 33 yards = monster?

  3. Buc50 Says:

    He had a good night. I was glad to see them finally get him out on the edge where he is really dangerous.

  4. Coburn Says:

    Even sneak got a fee carries. Was surprised we had 4 backs active, but sneak was playing special teams. Heck he even had a return on a short kick

  5. Anonymous Says:

    You gotta have 2 backs, glad we do

  6. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bucs are not like Minn, Indy a one back team, Rojo should get more reps. A different look for defenses or try a two back set.

  7. Bobby M. Says:

    Gronk is the key piece for Brady’s game of chess. He can do so many things with Gronk in there, throw in Fournette is a very effective 3 down back and its super hard for the defense to know what’s coming.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Remember how elated we were to get all 21+ starters back from our SB winning team? That’s because the team is loaded with talent. ME13 was correct when he said in his after-game presser that this team has too much talent to lose, particularly to teams like the WFT. Well that talent has gone through some major injury issues and is now getting back to full strength. Hopefully, Vea and Marpet will be back well in advance of the playoffs. Fortunately, we’ve also shown that the team has dependable depth. Everywhere except the secondary. that is.

  9. Casual Observer Says:

    Exactly, Bobby M.

  10. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    I’ve been saying it for years now (you can go back and check) rojo is the best running back they have!! Maybe not the best blocker, receiver… But pure “hand the man the ball and watch him roll people over” … He wears down defenses because he’s not only fast he’s extremely physical! He makes you work for that tackle and eventually tires out the defense!! I would be giving it to him far more often if I had any say in it… Of course I don’t which is why I’m commenting on a obscure bucs fan site!! Lol

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Sorry Jack, Rojo cannot be the best back Bucs have if he CAN’T block or catch. It doesn’t work that way.

  12. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Brate was a little sketchy. I believe he will come up big when it matters most though. Those drops were tough catches but u gotta come up with one of them at least.

  13. JimBuc2 Says:

    SorryJack, JBF is not an obscure web site, but rather the premiere web address for all things Bucs related. One of their writers is none other than nationally known and respected Ira Kauffman, a Hall of Fame voter. You sir, are woefully uninformed. I might suggest another username, also. Chucky is NFL poison now. Jerk.
    LFG Bucs!
    Lets Go Brandon!!

  14. PassingThru Says:

    Perhaps this conversation should be refocused.

    Did anyone like the fact that not all runs were between the tackles? I loved the outside runs, which the Bucs seemingly shied away from last season and much of this season. It works great with RoJo as he has excellent quickness to the outside.

    I’m not sure if this was a desire to mix up the run mix, or if this was the result of losing Ali Marpet early in the game (sure, you can sometimes pull Marpet to lead block for an outside run, but repeatedly doing it is a poker tell).

  15. Ash Says:

    When they cut brates salary did that cut his hands out of the deal he used to be so sure handed and now he is dropping passes he never used to so glad to see gronk back makes this team different and Ab makes the match up impossible for other teams

  16. brooks Says:

    Not impressed. He was just getting some reps. trade bait next year. You won’t see him next week in a critical game with a really good team

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    Running backs need touches. RoJo is no different. Glad they haven’t given up on him. They have to get used to having Brady and all these great receivers on the team. GO BUCS!

  18. August 1976 Buc Says:

    How does ROJO spell playing time T R U S T He played his way to the bench with missing blocks and Brady getting hit, dropping easy passes and the head scratching running out of bounds before he could have easily gotten a first down. Does ROJO have talent, YES bigtime running talent, but in this league, unless you are Derrick Henry, you had better be able to be counted on the catch the Ball. And the biggest thing is not letting Brady get nailed because you whiffed on a block. All these things are really about being being smart, because ROJO has plenty of ability, but has not shown he can be trusted. Who knows if they will ever trust him fully for him even get a chance to show more of his obvious ability. Brady will not let you in his huddle if you can not be trusted. Very simple.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. Clu813 Says:

    Sp the Bucs have a great game against a terrible team like the Giants, and all of a sudden people think they’re top contenders again? That’s laughable. How they beat the rams, Saints and have a convincing win over dallas. How about they stop relying on missed field goals to win a game. How about they get decent pass rush on good offensive lines. Oh…… They can’t